Tower Hill State Park Campground Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"How Tower Hill State Park came to be is a mix of location, history, and chance. Lead was discovered in southwestern Wisconsin in the mid-1820s. Sometime later, an entrepreneur from Green Bay named Daniel Whitney hired a fellow to build a shot tower, an operation for making musket balls from lead, near the village of Helena on the banks of the Wisconsin River. The river made transporting the shot quite convenient. The hamlet of Helena grew as a result of the shot tower, but when the tower went out of business in 1864, Helena died.
In 1889, a Unitarian minister, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, bought the Helena site for $60. Jones built some cottages before dying in 1918. Four years later, his wife deeded the land to the state of Wisconsin for a park."